If 13.1 is half crazy…am I losing my mind?

losing my mind?

I’m no longer only “half crazy”.

Evidently my train has fully jumped its track. I’ve dropped my full basket. I’ve tipped fully off my rocker. And I’ve lost my full bag of marbles.

In other words, I just registered for my first full marathon.

This isn’t something I ever thought I’d do. I’ve been content with my 5k’s, 10k’s, 10-milers and half marathons. I was one of those who, when inevitably asked, “when are you going to run a marathon?” would just smile and shake my head. It was not on my radar at all.

Then earlier this year, I read an article about Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to legally run the Boston Marathon. I was just over six months old when she ran it in 1967, and I don’t recall seeing that famous photo until the last couple of years. This year, the 50th anniversary of that run, at age 70, she ran it again. She was quoted in the article as saying “If you can run a marathon, you can do anything.”

That really got me thinking.

When I started running, I didn’t even know if I could successfully finish a 5K. But I trained for it and I did it. Same with 10K. A half marathon wasn’t on my bucket list at all, until I was presented with the opportunity to run in one. So I trained for it. I actually finished it. And I loved it.

The reason I started this blog is to encourage others to try new things, even if they’re not sure they can. I feel that everyone deserves to feel that sense of accomplishment, knowing you’ve stepped out of your own “norm” and tried something you may have thought impossible.

For me, it’s not that I think I have to run a marathon…it’s that I believe I’m capable of doing so. And in a way, because I am capable of doing it, it follows that I should.

And there it is. Once the thought entered my head, it was only a matter of time.

I did some research and started asking around about the California International Marathon (CIM) in Sacramento. It’s a popular one in my area and as it happens, many of my friends (my age, older and younger) are doing it. And for quite a few it is also their first marathon. Plus we all have access to local professional training through Fizio.

And first-timers have the chance to earn an additional first-timer medal when we cross the finish line. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that extra bling factored in to my choice!

Maybe I’m not crazy after all. Or, if I am, I’m in good company!

So, here we go! Official training doesn’t start until Labor Day, and I have a few races scheduled between now and then. I’m looking forward to doing the training with my friends and sharing our experiences – the bad and the good.

And I’m looking forward to really knowing that I can do anything.


If you have experiences, ideas, tips, you’d like to share regarding stepping out of a comfort zone, facing challenges, etc., please share them in the comments!

Author: Shelley English

Shelley is a wife, mom and executive assistant who loves to spend the rest of her time running and writing.

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